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  • Day33

    Day 9 Okavango Delta

    October 1, 2017 in Botswana

    The day started with a light breakfast at 5.45 and we were in our mokoros by 6.30. Twenty minutes later we were ashore on a large island and we broke up into 4 groups with a guide and a supporter.

    It was a great walk in the cool of the morning and lasted 3.5 hours during which we probably walked up to 15 kms. During that time we came close to a herd of zebra, a breeding herd of elephants, up to 15 giraffe, a pair of wildebeest and a lone impala. Most satisfying but tiring.

    Damian had cooked a big breakfast for us on our return and then everyone either swam or found shade as the intense heat of the day kicked in. It must have hovered around the 40C!

    At 5.00 we roused ourselves and each pair headed for their poler and his mokoro. We were poled to a nearby pool and sat, among the reeds on the edge watching a large hippo and the sun setting. The hippo got a bit tired of our company and did a few mock charges before we strategically withdrew.

    Damian prepared another great dinner for us to eat around the campfire. And then the evening took an interesting turn as all 18 polers started singing and dancing for us - with plenty of ululating in between. It was great! And then it was Oxley's turn and to their credit the whole group got stuck in and sang their hearts out- including the Oxley hymn and the National Anthem .
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  • Day33

    Day 10 Back to Sitatunga Camp

    October 1, 2017 in Botswana

    Our time in the Okavango Delta had come to an end. Tents came down and day packs filled before we had breakfast. Then it was a case of loading everything that we had brought into the 9 mokoros. It was sad to say goodbye to our island but the experience had been fun.

    On our pole back to Boro, along the channels created by hippos or mokoros, there were water lily flowers and the occasional pretty pink blossom. Overheard the early morning small planes, that had departed from Maun for delta lodges, roared passed. And we saw buffalo.

    At Boro we formed a chain to unload and stack all our equipment as we waited for our truck to arrive. We watched the departure of many mokoros taking their visitors out for a Delta experience.

    Eventually the Delta Rain truck arrived and we loaded everything and everybody on board. At this stage we said farewell to our friendly polers and Matt made a short thank you speech before handing over our group tip to the Lead poler. A long bumpy, dusty ride to the highway followed and soon we were in Maun where we stopped to buy water.

    We arrived at Sitatunga Camp before lunch and learned that our tented accommodation for the next 6 nights had beds and our own ensuite. Luxury!! It was great to have a shower and wash off 3 days of delta dust, mud and sand. Burgers and chips for lunch were most welcome.

    It was great to relax in the heat of the afternoon with a swim or a snooze. Some laundry got done.

    At dinner that night, in the restaurant, after a filling meal, we said a group farewell to Damian and Bertus. Charlotte and Ben spoke of their appreciation of the important roles these two had played in making the safari part of our visit a success. Again it was sad to say goodbye but their roles in our visit to Botswana had ended and they departed for Vic Falls and another tour group and another adventure.
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  • Day34

    Day 11 Our horse-back safari

    October 2, 2017 in Botswana

    We had an early breakfast in preparation for our horse riding this morning. Dany Hancock of Rides on the Wildside arrived and we were broken up into groups determined by riding ability and weight. The first two groups, led by Natacha Brochard and Peter Craig, were driven the short ride to the camp's boat ramp. Soon the 13 were speeding upstream on the Thamalakane River for a 15 minute ride to the horses. It was a great way to start the day, with herons and fish eagles in view.

    At our point of disembarkation, within a private game park, we were met by Liz and Katherine and the horses. One group rode for an hour while the other group were taught how to groom and look after horses. And then the roles were reversed.

    On our ride we saw zebra, eland, oryx, springbok, impala and giraffe. It was great to see these beautiful animals from close up on horse back. At the end of our ride we came trotting back to the river.

    In the afternoon the groups swapped round and, as in with the morning group, those not riding spent the afternoon in the swimming pool.

    We were joined by Mrs Senatla Mokobela, the Sedie Junior Secondary School Principal, for dinner which we had out under the trees. A relaxing evening followed before we retired to our tented accommodation.
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  • Day37

    Day 14. Sedie JSS & Mathiba PS 3

    October 5, 2017 in Botswana

    A sleepy start to the morning but everyone was breakfasting by 6.45. The truck and jeep arrived on time and we were dropped off at Sedie School some time after 8.00.

    At Sedie we were split up into classes and attended lessons with our buddies. These lessons included Social Studies and Moral Education.

    In the meantime Peter Craig was assisting School Head, Mrs Senatla Mokobela, organise her travel to Australia and she and another Sedie teacher will be visiting Oxley for two weeks in a month's time.

    After the morning break, the whole group walked to Mathiba Primary where they were rather unexpectedly allocated Standard 4 classes to teach. Credit where credit is due, and the Oxley students got stuck in and gave it their best shot.

    Lunch occurred in the shade of the school Reception area (it was another hot day) and students from both schools intermingled and there was even some singing from Claire and Mya.

    In the afternoon we participated in a sad, but important, occasion. A Mathibe Standard 4 student, Ayanda, was killed in a car crash on Botswana Independence Day (last Saturday) . The school students and staff, parents, two pastors and the Oxley group participated in a ceremony under the trees that involved acapella singing of hymns and a long sermon by one pastor and a fiery one by another. In such a large gathering of primary students (over a thousand) there were many who struggled to concentrate but the service did affect a few close friends.

    On the way back to camp we shopped in Choppies for water and snacks. The swimming pool was soon full of Oxley students as we relaxed on our return. A good dinner followed and then we were exposed to our first thunder storm with lightning which chased everybody off to their tents.
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    Day 8 Into the Okavango Delta

    August 30, 2017 in Botswana

    Tents down again before breakfast and then the large Delta Rain truck turned up and we loaded all the necessary items on to it. We were taking our own tents and sleeping rolls as well as cooking equipment.

    By 8.30 we were heading north through Maun and half an hour later turned westward on a bumpy, dusty road that twisted and turned through the Kalahari desert sands until eventually , an hour later, we reached Boro, our point of embarkation. We loaded up, two to a mokoro, and with mokoros carrying our equipment, were soon a convoy of 18 canoes. Our journey through the reeds required 1.5 hours of polling and eventually we reached our destination, Mamakudu (sp?) Island.

    Tents were pitched, lunch eaten and then everyone found shade to relax in the heat of the afternoon. Not everybody though because some tried their skills at polling a mokoro in the hippo channel close to our campsite. It wasn't too long before someone fell in, followed by others.

    At 4.30 we were all polled to a nearby island where we were guided in 4 groups on short fauna/flora introductory walk. Plenty of evidence of animal life (poos of all shapes and sizes!) but most of us only saw zebra.

    A beautiful sunset and then back to our island and our campsite. Dinner around the campfire and we sat and talked until tiredness took us off toto bed.
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  • Day38

    Day 15 Sedie Junior Secondary School 4

    October 6, 2017 in Botswana

    Today was a very different sort of day, in all aspects. We were not expected at Sedie until 9.00 so we had a lie-in and a later breakfast. We travelled to Sedie in three safari-style jeeps.

    It was not a normal school day for the local students either. The school had been transformed, with a marquee and chairs, in preparation for a memorial service and many guests from outside the school were expected. Ten years ago a football championship Sedie School team clinched the national trophy in Gaberones but on the return home tragedy struck. The bus and another vehicle collided and seven on the Sedie bus were killed.

    Today, after an extensive programme, a memorial at the front of the school was unveiled. There were speeches, prayers, hymns, dances (polka) and a poem. Among the various speakers were the School Head, the Chairwoman of the local ward, and representatives of the Football team and organisation. There was a larger crowd but it stayed focused for the most part during the 4.5 hour ceremony. Speakers tried to include Oxley by speaking English if they could and our group recognised the importance of the occasion by remaining attentive.

    At the end of the ceremony we were all given lunch by the school, including the local speciality of crushed beef. It was most welcome.

    The Sedie students, realising that our visit was coming to an end, crowded into the marquee to talk to us. Some group dancing occurred off to one side. There was plenty of emotion in the farewells and many followed us out to our truck and jeep as we left. We also said farewell to many of the friendly staff who had made us most welcome during our visit.

    We arrived back at Sitatunga late afternoon on an exhausting day but energy levels rose as the swimming pool filled up.
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  • Day41

    Sitatunga Camp

    July 19, 2017 in Botswana

    First impressions of this campsite weren't too good but after we set up our tents it was okay, there wasn't much shade and the ground was sandy but that's okay because they made up for it with good showers and toilets.

    Nicole's truck is staying at this camp as well, it will be the last time that we see each other for a while.

  • Day43

    Sitatunga Camp

    July 21, 2017 in Botswana

    After an hour and a half drive on the back of the truck and a night in the Okavango Delta, we made it back to Sitatunga Camp. It's nice to come back to our tents already (still) set up, most rushed for the shower but I was booked in to do the scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, instead of being late I thought I would wait until after.

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